So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. — Galatians 6:9, NLT
I long to impress upon the defenders of the faith the magnitude of the work they may accomplish…if they will not become faint-hearted, but will do all they can with the talents which God has entrusted to them, letting a steady light shine forth to the world.
We are not placed in this world merely to receive and gather that we may be benefited; we must give as we receive. We must not seek to be served, and to be treated generously ourselves; but we must be ready to serve, and to treat others kindly, exercising toward them the love that Jesus has manifested toward us, whether they treat us kindly or unkindly. With a heart overflowing with love, we should ask, “What can I do to help others?” The thought that we are Christ’s workers invests the life with sacredness and dignity.
Go to God for strength; ask him for wisdom, for right words, for opportunities to come close to hearts. God will hear you; angels will be round about you, and will second your efforts.
The Lord…is acquainted with every word spoken in love for his name and for the souls of his children. Not a deed done for the glory of the Master is lost. He sees your tears; he hears your prayers; he witnesses your faithfulness in his service. The seed you are sowing may appear to you to fall upon soil where it will be trodden under foot and yield no fruit; but the sower will reap if he faint not. If we could only see how the Lord is working for us day by day, we should see that he loves us, and that often trial is better for us than prosperity. A little with Heaven’s blessing is better than large gains with forgetfulness of God. In the end we shall know surely that well-doing will succeed, and ill-doing will bring sorrow and woe.
Let us work for souls for whom Christ died. It will require tact, zeal, deep thought, much prayer, and perseverance through all obstacles and hindrances; but the joy of seeing souls saved in the kingdom of God, will be our great reward. May the Lord help us to work while the day lasts.
— The Review and Herald, October 14, 1884
O Lord, I seek Your strength and wisdom for opportunities to come close to hearts. I ask You for wisdom, for right words, for help to speak words in love for Your glory. Bless me as I seek to work for souls for whom Christ died. I claim Your word that says in due time we shall reap, if we do not grow weary.